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Byrd's homer lifts Reds to third straight win

Byrd then stepped up with his sixth homer in the month of May, and eighth homer on the season to play hero for a second time this season. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Jeremy Rauch) Byrd then stepped up with his sixth homer in the month of May, and eighth homer on the season to play hero for a second time this season. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Jeremy Rauch)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Marlon Byrd continues to prove old age doesn't mean he's lost any power in his swing. Byrd's solo homer in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 4-3 win over the Giants on Thursday and helped Cincinnati finally get back to a winning record at 18-17 overall.
 
“It felt good. It felt really good,” said Byrd. “We have to keep the momentum going, keep winning series when [Johnny Cueto] is on the mound.”
 
Cueto put the Reds in position to win after his seven-inning performance with just two earned runs and nine strikeouts, but a 3-2 lead evaporated in the eighth when Tony Cingrani gave up an RBI single to Angel Pagan that tied the game at 3-3.  Byrd then stepped up with his sixth homer in the month of May, and eighth homer on the season to play hero for a second time this season.

“I just have to prove the people that believe in me right,” said Byrd. “Bryan Price easily could've gone another direction after the April I had, but those are the people I'm trying to prove right.”

“No one is happier than Marlon,” said Price. “He got off to a slow start and he knows we made a real effort to get him in here. He spent so much time in the cage and made a commitment to be excellent. It's paying the dividends now and it's great timing.”
 
Byrd went 2-for-2 in the game including a 2-out, RBI single in the fifth to give the Reds a 2-1 lead and ultimately force the Giants' Tim Lincecum, who still has never had a winning performance against the Reds, out of the game after 4
2/3 innings.
 
Jumbo Diaz (2-0) was credited with the win for his relief effort in the bottom of the eighth after Cingrani gave up an earned run.
 
The Reds have now won three straight and look to make it four in a row when they face the Giants for Star Wars night on Friday with the first pitch at 7:10 p.m.

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